Communities Reap Big From The Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival
Close to 500 communities in the environs of Amboseli national park have directly benefited from projects funded through the Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival launched two years ago.
Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza hosted a fundraiser dinner for the initiative that realized about 12 million shillings.
The Magical Kenya Tembo naming festival, which will be held sometime, next month at Amboseli national park is a joint ambitious initiative between the government and private sector to minimize human-wildlife conflict through a number of interventions.
From the Magical Kenya Naming festival debut, Kshs 16 million raised so far, 475 households are benefiting directly from projects already initiated key among them being water projects initiated to reduce the scramble for water resources between human beings and Wildlife.[caption id="attachment_58391" align="aligncenter" width="827"] L-R CS Tourism, wildlife and Heritage Peninah Malonza Seated with Kenya Tourism Board CEO, DR.Betty Radier[/caption]
So far, four boreholes have been dug near communities in the Amboseli ecosystem including; the Impala borehole, Risa borehole, Olgulului borehole and Kimana borehole.
Further, through the initiative, additional land has been mobilized through partnerships with communities to minimize on roaming elephants into the community land.
While presiding over the Magical Kenya Tembo Naming fundraiser dinner at Nairobi National park, Malonza said that the ever-growing demand for sustainable solutions has necessitated concerted efforts by all stakeholders to conserve the country’s natural resources.
The CS also noted with concern the effects of climate change pointing out the current drought situation that has also affected wildlife in Kenya. She stressed on the need to consider long-term mitigation solutions.
On her part, Kenya Tourism Board CEO, Dr. Betty Radier underscored the huge impact that conservation has had on the modern traveler’s awareness of environmental issues and their impact on the planet. She added that the current tourist demands a higher level of respect for nature and its inhabitants from both visitors and locals alike.
Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Brig. (Rtd.) John Waweru said that by conducting wildlife monitoring through earth ranger systems and community grassroots projects, Kenya Wildlife Service aims to secure a better future for elephants and their habitats as well as foster peaceful co-existence with their human neighbors. He also noted that the agency is committed towards identifying existing challenges in wildlife conservation and developing solutions that are holistic and sustainable from an environmental as well as socio-economic perspective.
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